Beachside holiday resorts, glorious sandy beaches with excellent surfing and seaside villages are all part of the attraction of the Central Coast.
Just an hour’s drive north of Sydney, the Central Coast covers the coastline from the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney for the next 80km/50 miles. The Central Coast has long been a favourite holiday area for Sydney people.
The beaches are popular with swimmers, sun-lovers and families alike and there are countless waterways that characterise the region: Hawkesbury River, Brisbane Water, Tuggerah Lake, Lake Budgewoi and Lake Munmorah. You will also find the only place in the world where five separate waterways meet.
For unique experiences visit the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can get friendly with the native reptiles, koalas and kangaroos; the Macadamia Nut Plantation in the beautiful Yarramalong Valley; the Crab ‘N’ Oyster cruise on the Hawkesbury River or join the daily feeding of the eager pelicans on the shores of Tuggerah Lake at The Entrance. Explore the bush, see native animals roving freely, sample bush tucker and discover ancient aboriginal rock art at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.
The Central Coast is known for its adventure activities. Horse ride through the wilderness at Australia’s largest free-range horse riding centre; explore the bays on a guided kayak tour; hire a luxury yacht and sail the magnificent waterways, scuba dive or go deep sea fishing.
With 12 National Parks and reserves to explore, bushwalkers will discover Aboriginal and European historical sites, an impressive display of wildflowers (in spring) and breathtaking coastal views. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of the native wildlife including whales making their journey during migration season.
Spend the day browsing through the boutiques at Terrigal Beach, discovering a few of the great art and craft galleries and antique shops or exploring the thriving city of Gosford on the Brisbane Water with its sleek sailing boats, sparkling water and waterfront dining.
Step away to the Central Coast – there’s something for everyone, all year round. Quiet fishing villages, lively resort centres with a wide choice of dining experiences and unspoiled beach destinations – all with accommodation ranging from upmarket resorts and elegant bed and breakfasts to caravan and cabin parks.
Central Coast Mail Centre Australia